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This is not just about POLE. This is about BUSINESS.
About the International Pole Industry Association

Vision: A successful, inclusive and sustainable pole industry.

Mission: To protect and positively impact the business interests of the entire pole business community.

This includes any and all people that make a living or a portion of their living through pole such as pole-related service, product and event businesses; studio owners; sex workers/strippers; performers and teachers.

Tagline: This is not just about pole. This is about business.

The International Pole Industry Association (IPIA) is lead by Executive Director, Colleen Jolly. Colleen has been working in the pole industry for seven years as a teacher, studio owner, performer, competitor and owner of a pole-related business. She has extensive non-profit experience through her work leading the boards of APMP and CHAW and has 22 years of for-profit, international business experience. She is passionate about the business of pole.

The board of the IPIA is made up of volunteers within the pole industry community. Each board member serves for a 2-year term.

Unfortunately the IPIA (as of July 2021) has been unable to secure Directors and Officers Insurance (D&O Insurance). This insurance protects non-profit boards and provides coverages for costs incurred during potential legal proceedings. This is a critical insurance for non-profits to maintain and have current.

Under an abundance of caution, we have disbanded the board and will no longer be taking applications for the 2021-2022 board.

We will review our ability to obtain this insurance (it is unclear whether or current size or our industry is the biggest hurdle) periodically.

The IPIA will continue to provide resources, educational webinars and discounts for members through our partners.

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Association News

Pole Industry Financial Survey Results

Thank you everyone who took our first ever financial survey of the pole industry! This survey was created to address concerns about finances that were uncovered in our first, general survey of the pole industry conducted last year. Our goal…

New Partnership with MyCPR NOW!

MyCPR NOW™ is pleased to announce that the International Pole Industry Association™ has joined its ranks of strategic partners. With the rapid transformation of the health, wellness, and fitness industries and increased technological capabilities for education, MyCPR NOW™ and IPIA™…

New Partnership with ASFA!

The American Sports and Fitness Association® is pleased to announce its new partnership with  IPIA of Washington, D.C.  ASFA® recognizes IPIA’s commitment to providing its members with a successful, inclusive and sustainable pole industry. As a leading personal training and…

Pole Industry Financial Survey

What: to collect, analyze, and publish (for FREE on www.poleassociation.org) anonymous, aggregated financial data about the pole industry. Who: all people who make a living or part of their living in the pole industry should respond. This survey is NOT…

IPIA Year in Review

The IPIA was created in 2020 to provide: Access to educational resources to start or improve your existing business. Access to networking and collaboration opportunities: live and virtual events and networking opportunities for members to share and grow together. Members…

Recap Virtual PoleCon 2021

The goal of this 2nd annual Virtual PoleCon was to: First, to give people who were not comfortable attending or able to attend the in-person PoleCon, an opportunity to participate. Second, to continue supporting the pole business community through education…

Joining the IPIA Board

Thank you for wanting to join the IPIA Board! We are looking for up to six (6) board members to join our current board of six members for a 2-year term. All applicants should be IPIA members and should represent…

Announcing Virtual PoleCon 2021

Virtual PoleCon is back October 16, 2021 9am-~10pm Eastern (New York) time! Like last year’s event, we are presenting the event and it is focused on the pole business industry. Pole hobbyists are welcome to come too! Also, like last…

Results from the First Pole Industry Survey

The results from our first pole industry survey are in! …And as to be expected in a complicated industry like ours, much of the results are conflicting. The IPIA is the first trade association for the pole industry. As such,…

Pole Industry Survey

The IPIA is a trade association. As such, it can help pole businesses become more successful, sustainable and inclusive through promoting education, fostering collaboration and by developing and promoting standards for matters of common interest. Please answer this short survey…

What does your IPIA membership pay for?

The IPIA annual membership fee covers the basic administrative costs of running the virtual (as in, we have no physical office) association, including: Domain name and web hosting Email hosting Software as a service tools including Zoom for webinars and…

IPIA Announces Class of 2020 Board Members

We are pleased to announce the 2020-2022 board members! This first board is appointed, and all future boards will be voted on by IPIA membership and will be comprised of IPIA members. The election for the 2021 class of board…

Virtual PoleCon 2020 Recap

The goal of this Virtual PoleCon was to: First, to have the community get together in some way, even during the pandemic. Second, to introduce the IPIA, our industry’s first trade association, and support the people who are running the…

New Trade Association for the Pole Industry Launched

Pole dance, the sultry dance style you’ve seen at the Emmy’s, in the Super Bowl and on major TV and movies, has just gotten serious. A new trade association has been founded to support the businesses behind your favorite dance…

What is a Trade Association?

A trade association is an organization arranged around a trade, industry or specific type of business designed to promote the common interests of the trade. A trade association may also be known as a trade group or industry body. The…

Why Join a Trade Association?

There are many reasons to join a trade association! The more of us joining together, the stronger and more sustaining our industry can be. The entire purpose of a trade association is to promote the industry and it’s members. Access…

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